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Sep 17, 2010 #086
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green
UMKC Starr Symposium presents
Event features nationally-recognized feminist speakers
KANSAS CITY, MO. - Four diverse authors - representing women from Generation Y to pre-Baby Boomers - will discuss work and life choices as part of this inaugural event at the UMKC Starr Symposium. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at University Academy, 6801 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Mo.
The nationally-recognized speakers - known as "Women Girls Ladies" - are:
Gloria Feldt - author, commentator and speaker. An expert in women's rights, health, politics, media and leadership where the personal meets the political, she was a teen mom whose passion for reproductive justice led her to a 30-year career with Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Courtney E. Martin - writer, teacher and speaker living in Brooklyn. This fall, Beacon Press will publish her next book, "Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists," in which Courtney profiles eight people under 35 trying to make change.
Deborah Siegel, Ph.D. - expert on gender, politics and the unfinished business of feminism across generations. She is the author of "Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild" and co-editor of the literary anthology "Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo."
Kristal Brent Zook, Ph.D. - born in Los Angeles and raised in an all-female household by her African American mother and grandmother. Her father is Anglo American. Her most recent book, "I See Black People: The Rise and Fall of African American-Owned Television and Radio," was published by Nation Books in February 2008.
Four additional community conversations will take place at 5:45 - 7 p.m. in November, February, March and April, featuring panel members from the Kansas City area.
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